In 2020, the world saw COVID-19, the first pandemic in modern history to circle the globe in a few short months. World leaders, regional governments, businesses, and the public were all under- prepared to deal with a pandemic of this magnitude. Likewise, childcare in Canada was also unprepared for such a pandemic and provincial governments subsequently ordered childcare providers to temporarily stop providing care.
When this occurred, Willowbrae Academy immediately mobilized a National Health Management Committee to focus on the development of new health management protocols to ensure our staff and the children we serve are safe and cared for in a reduced health risk environment. The mandate of this committee is to establish policy and procedures that ensure our Academies:
Willowbrae Academy has established a National Health and Safety Manager in addition to establishing local Academy Health and Safety Managers within each Academy. These individuals are responsible for the effective implementation of preventative health measures to decrease risk, and ensure we respond effectively to any situation that may arise. We have established three health management levels for the operation of our Academies: Level One, Level Two and Level Three. Academies will post the management level it is currently operating under on the parent information board and at entrances. The following is a brief overview of each management level. Detailed information can be obtained from the National or Academy Health and Safety Manager.